candidate extends thanks to MGH
When Sen. John Kerry came to the MGH March 31 to
have surgery performed on his shoulder, the entire country took interest
in the status of the presidential hopeful's health. After the successful
surgery and his same-day discharge, the senator sent a letter to Peter
L. Slavin, MD, president of the MGH, to show his gratitude for the superb
care he received and his quick recovery.
Please extend my sincere thanks to every member of the MGH world-class
team that participated in my recent surgery. The care that I received
was truly outstanding from the moment I arrived until I departed. Every
nurse and every doctor should receive a compassionate caregiver award.
And I was fortunate to have Bert Zarins as my surgeon. Let me add that
I recognize that the visit of a presidential candidate to a busy hospital
raises many special issues. This aspect of my visit was also handled
with expert sensitivity and professionalism. I hope I won't have to
be a patient at the MGH again soon but if I do, I know I will
receive great care.
John F. Kerry